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If you ask anyone to name a ballet, the one that immediately springs to mind is Swan Lake. The ballet was originally composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875/6 based on Russian folk tales. Now this beloved ballet is coming to QPAC, performed by The Imperial Russian Ballet Company.
Although it was first performed almost 140 years ago, the story endures and is beloved by audiences to this day. The tale of Swan Lake focusses on Odette, who is a Princess afflicted by an evil sorcerer's curse. By day, she and her friends are turned into swans, and it is only by night that she can reveal her terrible story to the prince.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia. First formed in 1994 and headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda, The Imperial Russian Ballet Company is thought to execute the best performances of Swan Lake in the world.
Of the ballet, The Imperial Russian Ballet Company says, "Swan Lake encapsulates the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world to produce a story where betrayal and power are in the end conquered by the virtues of love and forgiveness".
Swan Lake with music by P. Tchaikovsky, Choreography by M Ptipa & L. Ivanov (Revised by G. Taranda) tickets are on sale now.
In the QPAC Swanlake is there a real supporting orchestra or just canned music.
I saw a version at the Gold Coast Arts Centre a few years ago that used recorded music and it was terrible. A complete wast of time and money.